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Kelowna 'occupy' protesters can't camp overnight

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Protesters at the Occupy Kelowna site by The Sails in downtown City Park (Adrian Nieoczym/CBC)

Several B.C. cities have been "occupied" by protesters for over a week now, often with the cooperation of local authorities. But in Kelowna, protesters trying to occupy City Park have run into a problem.

Under the city's bylaws, the park is closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Officials have told protesters they must take down their tents and leave the park every night when it closes.

Yesterday, about 30 protesters showed up at a city council meeting, they wanted to ask for special permission to stay in the park overnight. But because they weren't on the agenda they weren't allowed to talk to council.

Instead, Mayor Sharon Shepherd offered to meet protesters in her office ... if they made an appointment.

For reaction, we sent Daybreak's Adrian Nieoczym down to the Occupy Kelowna site in City Park.

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